"Wrestling with God" book with Barbara Falconer Newhall

Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith

"Any seeker of any faith will be blessed to read the words of this fine author and observer."

Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Book Openers

As a little kid I always had my nose in a book. And now that I'm thoroughly grown up, I still do. Below you'll find author profiles (lots of memoirists) as well as mini – and not-so-mini – book reviews.

Jesus Was a Loser — Does That Make Donald Trump a Winner?

Barbara Falconer Newhall with Scott Dikkers, editor of "Trump's America: The Complete Loser's Guide" at Book Expo America 2016. Photo by Barbara Newhall

One of the fun people I met at Book Expo America in Chicago was Scott Dikkers, editor of “Trump’s America: The Complete Loser’s Guide.” I went home with a copy of his belly laugh of a book. Barbara Newhall photo

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Does this sound like Donald Trump talking — “Jesus was a loser, a nobody who couldn’t keep his hair out of his eyes and whose apostles were a bunch of weirdos and lowlifes.” As for God, “he was a Grade-A loser who couldn’t control his brand.”

If it does sound like The Donald bloviating on the topic of faith, that’s because no less a comic light than Scott Dikkers, founding editor of The Onion, [Read more…]


BookExpo America: Dog Books, Funny Books, Holy Books, Swag

The exhibit hall of BookExpo America 2016 at McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Barbara Newhall

The BookExpo America 2016 exhibit hall, McCormick Place, Chicago. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

What do a Buddhist nun, a bald satirist, and a 136-pound Newfoundland dog have in common? They were all part of the mix at last week’s BookExpo [Read more…]


‘Dog Medicine’ — A Dog-Lover’s Journey From Depression to Health

Cover of "Dog Medicine," a memoir by Julie Barton, Think Piece Press, 2015.

Cover photo by Bev Sparks

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

“I hope you’ll see yourself in this book,” Julie Barton writes in the prologue to her new memoir “Dog Medicine.”

No, I don’t see myself in this book. I don’t have depression, not the major type anyway. My brothers didn’t beat me up as a kid. And I’m not crazy about dogs. But I am [Read more…]


Atticus Finch — Meet Mother Emanuel

My copy of "Go Set a Watchman" on the counter of my local bookstore. Atticus Finch  story. Photo by Barbara Newhall

My copy of “Go Set a Watchman” on the counter of my local bookstore today. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

I haven’t even cracked open my brand-new copy of Go Set a Watchman. But already I’ve got opinions.

For months now, I’ve been looking forward to taking a look at the long-lost book that was the original version of Harper Lee’s famous, much-loved, much-read [Read more…]


Two California Poets: One Romantic, the Other Not So Much

California poets, Rebecca Foust, author of "Paradise Drive:  Poems," spoke at Book Passage bookstore in Corte Madera, CA, in 2015. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Rebecca Foust read from “Paradise Drive: Poems,”at Book Passage Corte Madera. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Ina Coolbrith palled around San Francisco with the likes of Mark Twain, Jack London and Bret Harte. Rebecca Foust hangs out with PTA moms. Coolbrith was a denizen of the 19th century. Foust is alive and well right here in the 21st century. Coolbrith was a romantic. [Read more…]